Which Brings Me To You – Movie Review and Summary

“Which Brings Me To You” is an Olympic showing of Nat Wolff and Lucy Hale’s abilities as romantic leads, but beyond the romance their characters share are the lessons that made them right for each other.


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Will (Nat Wolff) and Jane (Lucy Hale) looking at each other

Plot Summary

Jane and Will were going to their friend’s wedding and weren’t expecting much. Jane just got out of an engagement, and Will? Well, his commitment issues have led him to have quite a few tales, and he has spent the last year alone reflecting and working on himself a bit. But, with Jane wanting to hook up and Will not wanting this as just another woman who becomes a memory, he slows things down between them and tries to get to know her.

Jane, who was just looking to hook up, originally wasn’t for getting personal, but as Will shows, he isn’t just trying to be transparent, but vulnerable. He creates a space where she too can open up about what she did, shouldn’t have done, or regrets about her own relationships as well.

Thus, this meet-cute situation quickly morphs into two people who needed to confess what they saw as their relationship sins and not to someone paid not to judge, but someone who voluntarily would move past judgement and seek to understand and still potentially love them despite their failings.

Content Information

  • Dialog: Cursing
  • Violence: Nothing Notable
  • Sexual Content: Mild Nudity, Sexual Situations
  • Miscellaneous: Drinking (Alcoholism), Smoking, Depiction of Mental Illness

General Information

Director(s)

Peter Hutchings

Screenplay By

Keith Bunin

Based On Work By

Steve Almond, Julianna Baggott

Date Released

January 19, 2024

How To Watch

In Theaters

Genre(s)

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Young Adult

Film Length

1 Hour 38 Minutes

Content Rating

Not Rated

Noted Characters and Cast

Jane

Lucy Hale

Will

Nat Wolff

Eve

Genevieve Angelson

Elton

Alexander Hodge

Audrey

Britne Oldford

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Jane (Lucy Hale)

A freelance writer and researcher, Jane is prone to dating men who struggle with mental or emotional issues.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Ragdoll.”

Will (Nat Wolff)

A photographer, Will has had an up-and-down series of relationships from being cheated on to mastering the Irish Exit, beyond leaving parties.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Body Cam.”

Eve (Genevieve Angelson)

Eve is one of Will’s notable college relationships. She was a New Yorker, older than him, and took initiative in the relationship.

Elton (Alexander Hodge)

Elton is one of Jane’s college boyfriends. He is charming and passionate, but his lavish gestures are sometimes worrisome.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Joy Ride.”

Audrey (Britne Oldford)

Audrey is Will’s ex who remains in his life and perhaps is the only ex between Will and Jane who is still in their life.

Review


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Notable Performances or Moments

The Stories Of The Exes

With more than three each, you may think Will and Jane going over their exes would distract from the lead story by either pushing you to wish they stayed with one person or think the time spent should have been spent on Jane and Will building what they have. Strangely, that isn’t the case.

Somehow, this film makes you fall in love with each match-up you see. Whether it is Will’s late college love with Eve, an older woman, Jane’s relationship with Elton, who was grandeur in his expression of love, or others, as you watch the rise and fall of each relationship, you understand how much dating is a learning process. Not only that, but you get it by seeing what, as the film’s title implies, brought Will and Jane together.

You see, Jane is the type who is all in, willing to move in with someone quickly, dedicate herself to them, yet never fully lose herself to the relationship. Then, with Will? He is flirty, fun, and charming, but like Jane, without an example of love in his household, he is learning as he goes. Unfortunately, as he gains experience, there is a constant trade-off of either him gaining baggage or adding some to another woman.

Yet, through it all, you are reminded that dating is hard. Relationships require a sometimes uncomfortable level of commitment and communication. Still, there are never-ending rewards if someone is willing to give you grace, as you share a human experience.

The Banter & Chemistry

Naturally, the core of the film is Jane and Will, to people with quite the resume of relationships, some successful but have ended, and others which may hold regrets. But, despite what sometimes feels like an Olympic effort from Lucy Hale and Nat Wolff to exude chemistry with multiple scene partners, we always end up back with these two talking, and you never feel like you got the short end of the stick.

Beyond physical chemistry, there is something there emotionally and mentally as well. For the way the stories of the exes play out, perhaps due to the level of detail, you see Will enter Jane’s story or Jane enter Will’s, and not to imply they were there all along, but that there is enough safety in their interaction for them to be allowed in some of their toughest moments.

It reminds you that, when it comes to the word “Intimacy,” while often associated with sex or a type of sex, it goes beyond physical touch. Intimacy is also about being vulnerable with things you’ve did, didn’t do, or how you used your influence. After all, who doesn’t have a past where they ended up playing the villain in someone’s story? Who hasn’t, at the least opportune time, chosen themselves over setting their needs and wants aside for someone else?

What “Which Brings Me To You” does through Lucy Hale and Nat Wolff is remind you that everyone just wants to find someone who is willing to continue the conversation, despite how it ebbs, flows, makes them uncomfortable, or becomes challenging. It was difficult enough to make past decisions, and the more you make, the more pensive you become about the next, so reminding you about the ease that used to come from opening up is not only desirable but necessary to feel alive.

Highlights

The Soundtrack

Whether it is listening to Britne Oldford sing or the soundtrack featuring artists you’ll want to look up once the film is over, “Which Brings Me To You” feels meticulously planned in nearly every aspect.

Good If You Like

  • Romance movies that don’t heavily lean towards being comedic or dramatic but show you all facets of what it means to fall in and out of love.

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Which Brings Me To You – Movie Review

Summary

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

I think “Which Brings Me To You” is one of the best romance movies we’ve seen in a long time. It isn’t plagued by that lazy blow-up to grand gesture, as it is established who both characters are and the back and forth between opening themselves up and protecting themselves from judgement. And just as much as the characters are being vulnerable with each other, they are with the audience, hoping too they’d see them as worthy of love despite decisions they made which could easily paint them as the villain or someone not ready for the type of love many yearn for.

Overall
87%
87%
  • The Stories Of The Exes - 92%
    92%
  • The Banter & Chemistry - 86%
    86%
  • The Soundtrack - 83%
    83%

Highlight(s)

  • The Soundtrack
  • The Banter & Chemistry
  • The Stories Of The Exes

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